Sad news for Cardinals nation.
St. Louis great Stan “The Man” Musial died today. He was 92.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported:

Stan Musial, one of baseball’s greatest hitters and a Hall of Famer with the St. Louis Cardinals for more than two decades, died Saturday. He was 92.

Stan the Man won seven National League batting titles, was a three-time MVP and helped the Cardinals capture three World Series championships in the 1940s.

The Cardinals announced Musial’s death in a news release. They said he died Saturday evening at his home in Ladue surrounded by family. The team said Musial’s son-in-law, Dave Edmonds, informed the club of Musial’s death.

Musial was so revered in St. Louis, two statues of him stand outside Busch Stadium. He spent his entire 22-year career with the Cardinals and made the All-Star team 24 times — baseball held two All-Star games each summer for a few seasons.

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  1. “Stan the Man Musial,swinging Stan the Man. He’s the man who thrills the fans, swinging Stan the Man.” R.I.P.

  2. impress your friends at your next party with this great trivia question:

    how did Musial get the monicker, “Stan the Man”?
    from Brooklyn Dodger fans during the heated rivalry era of the 1940s, as in “here comes that man again, that Stan the Man… uh-oh”- as in, tribute to an honorable, admirable superstar competitor.

    loved the story Garagiola always repeated about approaching ‘The Man’ one day in the dugout before the game, “Boy, I feel great today, I feel like I could go 4-for-4… you ever feel like that Stan?” ‘The Man’ replied matter-of-factly, “Every Day Joe, Every Day”

    I noticed that Stan always took a back seat to DiMaggio and Williams when he was their equal.
    As well, he took a back seat to later arrivals in the 1950s, and for the rest of his life when he could have demanded more notoriety- who could have refused him?

  3. When I was a kid I would go to Wrigley Field for the sunday double headers and I was fortunate to see “The Man” hit an opposite field homer into the left field stands. I tried to copy Musial’s batting stance but it never worked for me. It sure worked for him though. Thanks for the memory, Stan.

  4. He was a class act and will be greatly missed. RIP, Stan.

  5. A great name from the glory days of baseball…RIP

  6. A sad day we all knew was coming.

    Baseball.s perfect knight is gone.

    (btw Jayne on left coast, “impress your friends” won’t work on anyone in or from St. Louis)

  7. A very sad day =( At least now he’s with his wife for all of eternity..I’ll miss him though..a long with another former great, Jack Buck

  8. RIP. we will miss you. My sympathy to the Musial family.

  9. Stan Musial was class, dignity, and modesty. How we need to have those traits taught, and rise above all of the self indulgence that is running amuck in our society.

  10. Aside from the illness which took his life, Stan ‘suffered’ only from playing in the Midwest his entire career. That he could hit circles around the DiMaggio and the rest of the East Coast coterie counts to us. That he was a far better man OFF the field than Williams, Mays, DiMaggio, and Mantle is what really counts in the long run to his fans, his family, and to the Good Lord. In my mind, his entire life is so similar to that of my other hero, Bob Feller. Whole lotta baseball being talked between those two inside the Pearly Gates. RIP, STM.

  11. I’m originally from MISSOURI & my father & uncle would watch the Cards on TV & turn the sound down so they could listen to Harry Carey on the radio!!!! How they loved the Cardinals

  12. First Coach Ray Cilffe (Cleveland H.S. Football) and now Stan. This is a sad week.

  13. Stan was great, not juts as a baseball player , but a great human being. He will be missed. I grew up in Missouri and have been a Cardinal fan all my life.

  14. I am 82 years old now. I lived on Long Island when Stan the Man came up to the Cardinals in 1941. He is the reason I have been a Cardinal Fan, ever since. I watched him play the Dodgers and the Giants, until they moved west. I had a few conversations with Stan and some of his team-mates, because, in those days they played Double-Headers. After game one, people began to leave the Park, and we guys would wind up by the Dugout, and talked to the Players, one on one, and had them sign our Score-cards. Dopey me; I threw the cards away. Oh well. Thanks, Stan, for all you have done for Baseball, and for your Humility and your Example of Goodness !!

  15. Like old guy #4 commented, I too had the privilege of seeing Stan the Man play at Wrigley Field.
    A summer, long ago, In a nation now long gone.

  16. I recall in the early 50′s — I was in fourth grade I think — my [female] teacher coming into class in the morning and announcing with amazement that Stan Musial had hit 3 home runs the previous night.

    I did not follow baseball closely at that age; but I imagine Harry Carey, who seemed always a bit wild, must have been completely beside himself.





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